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About 120 people get killed by explosives in Afghanistan every month

On average, about 120 Afghan people get killed or maimed by explosives that include landmines every month in the war-torn nation.

According to the Directorate of Mine Action Coordination of Afghanistan (DMAC): On average about 120 people that includes children get killed or maimed due to unexploded ordnance and landmines, every month, this figure was 40 in 2001.

DMAC also said, in 2020 about 900 Afghans were killed and 1,700 others wounded as a result of landmines and unexploded ordnance explosions.

Despite all efforts, the clear land of more than 1,600 km2 of land across the country is still contaminated with mines and unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan.

Over 170,000 mines and unexploded ordnance have been defused over the same period.

Taliban and other insurgent groups in the area are using home-made improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to make roadside bombs and landmines to target security forces but these explosives also inflict casualties on civilians.

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